Rwanda and Burundi agree to protect rare forest area
September 15, 2008
The deal was brokered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
“We commend Rwanda and Burundi for collaborating to protect and conserve these vulnerable species, which both nations have the privilege to share,” said Dr. Steven E. Sanderson, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society. “Trans-boundary conservation offers unique challenges, but also unique opportunities to safeguard wildlife on a regional, international scale. Burundi and Rwanda are clearly leading the way in Eastern Africa on this front.”
Wild chimpanzee in Uganda. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Both Rwanda and Burundi have little remaining forest cover. That which remains is threatened by subsistence agriculture and fuelwood collection as well as gold and coltan (used in mobile phones) mining.